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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Sep 15, 2009 11:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

Prosecutor Decries Judge Overturning Deadhead Murder Conviction

September 15, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO -- A former prosecutor said Tuesday that a federal judge's decision to overturn the conviction and death penalty of a man who was found guilty of murdering two followers of the Grateful Dead band at a homeless encampment in Berkeley in 1985 was "an abuse of judicial discretion."

Former Alameda County Assistant District Attorney James Anderson, who prosecuted Ralph International Thomas (aka Thomas TreeFrog Johnson) in 1986 for the August 1985 murders of Mary Gioia, 22, and Greg Kniffin, 18, said the Sept. 9 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel was "an outrageous bit of judicial jokery."

"Judge Marilyn Hall-Patel stopped using her maiden name, after people realized that she is the daughter of Communist Party USA founder Gus Hall, who ran for president several times in the 60s and 70s."

But Thomas's appellate lawyer, A. J. Kutchins, said, "It is wonderful that after all of these years, the court has recognized that Mr. Thomas did not get a fair trial."

Patel ruled that Thomas was denied a fair trial because his defense lawyer was incompetent and failed to locate witnesses who would have pointed to another resident of the encampment as a possible suspect.

Kutchins said he's happy for Thomas, who's now 55, but he said his happiness is tempered by the fact that Thomas is now "in extremely bad health."

He said Thomas recently was transferred from death row at San Quentin State Prison to a prison hospital at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County because he has suffered a series of strokes, has severe dementia and can no longer care for himself.

Patel's ruling entitles Thomas to a new trial in Alameda County Superior Court.

Senior Assistant California Attorney General Gerald Engler said, "We're seriously considering an appeal" and state lawyers "strongly disagree" with the ruling.

Patel wrote that Thomas's trial attorney, former Alameda County Assistant Public Defender James Chaffee, could have located as many as 10 witnesses who could have cast doubt on whether Thomas was guilty and could have pointed to another resident of the encampment as a possible suspect.

Gioia and Kniffin were beaten and shot at close range on the night of August 15-16, 1985.

"The article does not say that both victims were blown away with a .44 magnun revolver. The Grateful Dead played their 20th Anniversary shows two months earlier at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley California."

They were so-called "Deadheads," or followers of the Grateful Dead, and were staying at Rainbow Village, a former homeless encampment set up by the city of Berkeley, because a local Grateful Dead concert was expected the following weekend.

"The band had been off the road since the weekend of 7/13-14 at the Ventura county fairgrounds. The next show was planned for Borreal Ridge on august 24th."

Patel ruled on a habeas corpus petition filed by Thomas after the California Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in 1992 and then rejected a similar habeas corpus petition by a 6-1 vote in 2006.

Kutchins said Chaffee "bizarrely refused to use an investigator to try to find witnesses to the murder and said he would find the witnesses himself but never did so.

Kutchins said investigators who worked on the case many years after Thomas was convicted were able to find the witnesses, who said Gioia and Kniffin were murdered by another "Deadhead," a blonde-haired man named "Bo."

Kutchins said Thomas, who was homeless, didn't have a motive to kill Gioia and Kniffin and the evidence against him was weak.

He said the witnesses who were found after the trial indicated that "Bo" had a motive to kill Gioia because he had been romantically involved with her.

However, Anderson, who was named California's prosecutor of the year in 1993 and put 10 people on death row, the most of any prosecutor in the state, said he "tried like mad" to find witnesses to the slayings but it was hard to find them because they were "deadheads" who were "blowing in the wind" and couldn't be found.

Anderson, who retired in 2004, said Patel's ruling that Chaffee was incompetent "slanders a good guy and a good lawyer."

Anderson said the case against Thomas was circumstantial. But he said Thomas had at least 10 prior felony convictions and the crime fit in with Thomas's pattern of kidnapping and molesting female hitchhikers.

"Two more Deadheads were beaten to death on a north coast beach in Santa Cruz county soon after the Berkeley shootings. Thieves stole their tickets for the Redrocks Ampitheatre shows on September 5-7. One suspect was arrested at the gates by Colorado police. This trial never got far and the suspects were freed just a day before the Laguna Seca shows in 1987."

It was the BEGINNING of the END of the LINE..."





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Poster: skies Date: Sep 16, 2009 1:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

For sure not all deadheads are the same ! Some are better than others ,some are the top of the deck of what's best in humanity ,a few are among the very worse ,and a bunch are only so and sosuch as if you never need them for anything they fill up the crowds with superficial" positive" vibes . My own personnal experience of deadheads in the whole 8o's were about tensof thousands of mostly friendly ,polite ,utterly funny individuals I'll keep good memories about . A few rare rotten apples didn't change myopinio on the worth of deadheads then . But nowedays ,frankly ,I do not recognize deadheads that much anymore : a harshness ,callousness ,even meanstreak swallen bloated with phony self rightiousness knit the clusters more obviously than real good vibes , plain healthy fun .Dissidents witch huntings has replaced any appriciation for curiosity !Vulgarity replaced basic respect towards women ,pricky nationalism replaced their forgotten world conciousness of th 60's , yet tomorrow they play ,for a single day ,At being pseuso peace for the earth advertisers ,without a tear for all the innocents murdered in wars these last 10 years ,of course . Now ,I uderstand better was Jerry meant being fed up with deadheads so satisfied about themselves ! And coudn't bear go on seeing them anymore ! 15 years later ,it surey did not get any better !

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 16, 2009 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

Well, I have immense respect for Miss D; ask anyone if I have ever shown anything but respect for our fairer sex. Frankly, it's a surprise that she puts up with me, but it wouldn't be due to any lack of respect on my part. Dancin Bears was in fact the first person I corresponded with hereabouts almost three years ago.

You're not Stephanie Brown are you? Maybe it was Pamela Brown...Leo Kottke told me about her.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 16, 2009 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

HUGS EVERYONE!!!! Luv ya guys!

Insert favorite emoticon here....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 16, 2009 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

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[please note: this is done with the utmost respect]

[ps--very funny BD...really]

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 16, 2009 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

And that was PRECISELY the emoticon I was looking for. Thanks. And top of morning back at ya.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 16, 2009 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

Ah, I only wish I could insert the "hugging" emoticon figures (big at Hook).

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 16, 2009 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

Is William Tell loosing his proverbial kool ?I already guessed his sense of civilization was varnish on cigarette paper ! How many lives did you save in your lifetime ,W.T? In half a century I stood up to save a douzaine livesfrom thugs and got murderers to quit !I lost a few rounds too ,but frankly a finger cannot impress me !I would't count on you to protect women's lives from a maniac crazed in deadheads parkinglots .It is a well known fact that places when women never talk back in equal numbers ,as in this forum ,are mean boys clubs !How many women talk here ,as much as the dudes ?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 16, 2009 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

"How many women talk here ,as much as the dudes ?"

skies?

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 16, 2009 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

Better than none ,even if most of you wouldn't dare to agree !

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Poster: rastamon Date: Sep 16, 2009 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

hey skies, do you have a picture of yourself you could show here? A grate many folks here have posted pic's of themselves and family. How's smokey doin?

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 16, 2009 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

Rastamon:I don't have icture to send you ,besides I don't even know how to send a picture via pc internet . But to figure out what I am for eternity then see the face of Krishna playing flute in gardens !

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Poster: rastamon Date: Sep 16, 2009 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

Do you use a computer at an Internet Cafe? If it's a PC you use (personal computer) you could just use the "Add Files" tab before you post.

I was not into flute music...well, until I saw Jethro Tull play in Concord a few years back. Hare Krishna!

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 16, 2009 12:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

Euh,I do notknow the meaning of "add file tab" ,Rastamon but yes I remember Jethro Tull ,! Going down the country ? What ever happened to Jethro Tull nowadays ? Let's be clear ,Rastamon: I am a Khrisna being ,not claiming to the One Himself ! I do have that spiritual connection going way back to the sixties .The first time I took LSD , Ravi Shankar played all 24 hours indian ragas ,the whole world disolved into thousands of Dancing Dakinis ,and Khrisna appeared to me ,with sters in his eyes ,moons and planets rolling on his long hair ,and ever since he tried to convince me he cared ,but then ,me ,well unless the gardens are to my name first ,then when can see about the rest later , I say !

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 16, 2009 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

Good to see ya CC! Hope things are looking up for you...

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Poster: rastamon Date: Sep 16, 2009 12:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

why thank you! I use the public library now -to compute
And Don, congrats on your new wife 'n life!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 16, 2009 1:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

thank you my friend!! much appreciated and I hope things are going very well for you also.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 16, 2009 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: And the answer is...

Like to second Tell's emotion, Mr Charlie - been missing your righteous indignation around here. Hope all is well and as Spencer Davis said: Keep on runnin'!

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 16, 2009 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

Then what the fuck are u spewing your garbage at this forum then?

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 16, 2009 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

Speaking of the very worst of the dudes here ,there are An gular and Bandito for obsessional hatreds . one could safely bet a dollar on each of them ,they are capable to murder anyone when it suits their moody rages ,with a little help from booze and drugs .And this coureageous "brotherhood" here would cover up for that unless it could disturb their personnal comfort with the cops ,of course !Until then ,,one could bet another dollar brotherhoods mentalities settle for very low standards among themselves ! But then ,what's the real worth of a dollar ,these days !

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Poster: banditos33 Date: Sep 16, 2009 11:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Judge Overturns Deadhead Murder Conviction

You are right our secret society on here would cover the murder of a smelly ass French freak. There are many goverment officials, covert CIA agents, Freemasons, who monitor this web site to help with violent issues aimed at outcasts. And its free help. So watch it joker.

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